The Somber Yet Stunning Work of Craig Thompson

May 16, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | 1 Comment
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Hello there, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi Team here, back once again to share with you more outstanding art. We’ve all heard the saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” And great art is able to do just that: to convey a story with a single image. In that sense, artists are also writers, composing their scene, giving hints at the world within. Again, great artists are able to do this with one image, but there is something to be said for an artist who can create literally thousands of images within one single tome, creating a gorgeous world of epic proportions. One of those artists is Craig Thompson.

The winner of several awards, Thompson describes himself as a cartoonist working in the medium of novels. That is to say, he writes and draws novel-length comic books, commonly referred to as “graphic novels.” His first graphic novel, Good-bye, Chunky Rice, was published in 1999. Since then, Thompson has released three more novels, his most well-known being Blankets, which launched him into the public eye.

Taking a look at some of the panels (AKA the boxed, rectangular illustrations) within, it is clear the artist has a style all his own. Preferring to draw in black and white rather than color, his brush strokes are both refined and fluid. Whether it’s a tale of friendship and loss, travel, or first love, Thompson is able to convey a true sense of empathy for his characters. Particularly during Blankets, his semi-autobiographical work.

In most comics, the panels are a sort of container for the illustration within. Walls, if you will. But the panels within Thompson’s books do not restrict. Instead, they frame. And all throughout his works, he constantly toys with the edges of each panel. One will escape its boundaries to intermingle within another’s space. A character will be seen exiting one and entering another. Each is gorgeous and beautifully conceived. In the same way that films are able to use transitions to move between scenes, so do these.

Craig Thompson is a master of his art form, using illustration and concise dialogue to tell melancholic and hopeful stories in a way unique to himself and his experiences.

As always, we thank you so very much for taking the time to stop by the official blog of Imikimi. Stay tuned for more art and craft-related features as we’ll have more shortly!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“But, after all, the aim of art is to create space – space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration, space within which the subjects of painting can live.” — Frank Stella

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